Claudinho Signs for Zenit St.Petersburg
The Brazilian Finally Moves to Europe
Zenit St.Petersburg have reached an agreement with Red Bull Brangantino for the transfer of Claudinho. The transfer fees involved have not been disclosed. The Brazilian will have a medical with the club before officially signing his contract. He will be joining his Olympic teammate Malcolm at Zenit.
The Rise of Claudinho
A product of the famous Santos youth academy, Claudinho joined the Brazilian side at the age of six. He gradually progressed through the youth system, but signed his first professional contract with Brazilian giants Corinthians. The attacking midfielder spent most of his time with the reserve teams and made only one appearance for Corinthians in his debut season.
He spent the next two seasons on loan with Brangantino and Santo Andre before joining Ponte Preta in 2017. still struggling to establish himself as a regular starter, Claudinho again went out on loan to Oeste and Red Bull Brasil.
The attacking midfielder established himself in the recently formed Red Bull Bragantino. He helped the Brazilian club earn a promotion to Brazilian Serie A in 2019.
The following season saw the midfielder score 20 goals in 50 appearances for the Brazilian side, earning him the Bola de Ouro Best Player Award, Brasileirao Best Player Award and the Campeonato Brasileirao Serie A Top Scorer Award. Claudinho scored 30 goals in 85 appearances for Red Bull Brangantino following his move to the club in 2019.
What was Said?
Zenit St.Petersburg General Director Alexander Medvedev, while speaking to the club website, said: “We expect Claudinho, who has just won an Olympic gold medal alongside Malcolm, to strengthen Zenit’s forward line and add to the attacking ability of the team after the departure of Sebastian Driussi, he will also bring more variety and energy to the team.”
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